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Lime Hill Wairarapa 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

05 December,2017

Lime Hill Vineyard is the joint venture of Karl Johner of Johner Estate in Gladstone and his winemaker Raphael Burki. The vineyard is hillside sited, at 280 m a.s.l., east of Masterton on limestone soil with a thin top layer of clay, and was planted in 2013. There is 0.4 ha of predominantly Mendoza clone Chardonnay, and 0.9 ha of Pinot Noir, clones 667, 777, 115, 10/5, Abel and 5 all at a high density of 6,000 vines/ha. This is an exciting project, clearly with Burgundy in mind. The first releases are from the 2016 vintage. I review the wines here. They show beautiful elegance, quite probably from the influence of the limestone soils of the site. www.limehill.co.nz

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Lime Hill Wairarapa Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with deep aromas of savoury yellow stonefruits and citrus fruit, along with creamy barrel-ferment elements, and nutty, flinty and mineral suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intensely full and rich flavours of savoury yellow stonefruits with subtle creamy barrel-ferment, mealy and nutty oak and hints of flint. The palate has good depth and presence with fresh acidity, the flavours filling the mouth. The wine carries with good drive, leading to a long, lingering, rich-fruited finish. This is a rich and well-packed Chardonnay with savoury yellow stonefruit flavours aling with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty detail and good acid energy. Match with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4 years. Predominantly Mendoza clone fruit fully barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months in seasoned oak and 4 months on lees undergoing batonnage, without MLF. 18.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $39.00

Lime Hill Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5-/20

Moderately deep, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter edged. The npose is bright and vibrant with deep aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with dark herb and subtle whole bunch stalk perfumes, unfolding spice nuances which add complexing detail. Medium-bodied, the palate has bright and lively fruit flavours of dark red cherry and berry fruit, with subtle layers of dark and fresh herbs, and whole cluster stalk nuances. Liquorice and spice elements add interest. The mouthfeel has freshness and vitality from the lacy acidity and the fruit is underlined by supple tannin extraction. The wine flows with good energy and drive to an elegant, sustained finish. This is a vibrant and bright, dark-red cherry and berry fruited Pinot Noir with an elegant proportion, fine tannins and a fresh mouthfeel. Serve with poultry and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Lime Hill’ vineyard fermented with 10% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 21 days on skins and aged 12 months in 25% new French oak. 18.5-/20 Dec 2017 RRP $39.00

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